Cold Excursion – Part 4

09 Jan

26th Dec 2011 – Monday

The morning saw us all get ready for an eventful day ahead. We had to check out from the family room and deposit luggage at the reception. That room was already booked for the day. So we had to go for 2 double bed rooms in the same hotel that night. We stepped down to the restaurant area to hog our complimentary breakfast. Kids were restless to explore the park. I promised to take them all after breakfast. We had yummy Pooris and Alu ki Sabzi. I could sense that neither Onions nor Garlic was used in the Sabzi but it was delicious to say the least. Mantam and I ate countless Pooris, but Mimmi settled with Bread Jam. Ummi served Tea / Coffee to us. Off I went to the park with Chillar Party while rest of the adults wrapped up their meal. I made them sit in the swings. But I was too much a chicken to let them go on the slide. I kept asking them to wait till Abbas came. Mimmi was upset with me but obliged nevertheless. She said something on the lines of “There was no use coming with you to the park”. Well, to distract them and hide my inhibitions about a park, I clicked their snaps and Abbas entered to make it up to them.

When we were about to hop into Tulu, we were approached by an old man dressed in traditional Rajasthani attire with puppets in his hand. He demonstrated a 5 min long Puppet show which we enjoyed. We drove off to Hawa Mahal. There was a photography stall there which offered to click pics of us in traditional clothes. We got all 4 kids decked up in Rajasthani apparels and jewelleries. Tammu was reluctant to undress even after the photo session. She loved the pleated skirt at the way it flew when she rotated. I bought a few set of bangles, jewelleries, a windchime with Rajashthani dancers dangling and a puppet duo of Raja-Rani. I asked the shopkeepers “Bhaiyya, Hawa Mahal mein dekhne layak kya hai?” (What is worth seeing in Hawa Mahal?) He replied “Hawa hai”. (There is air) I said Hawa to dekh bhi nahi sakte hain”

From there we visited the City Palace. We had some awesome Rajasthani Matka Kulfis there.

From there we set off to visit Amer Fort. It was on top of a huge hill and most people opted to park their cars at the foot of the hill and took rented Jeeps to the fort. But our driver (Abbas) was so confident of his driving skills that he refused the idea of jeeps downright. We could almost hear Bhaiyya’s heart beat faster 😀 We swiftly reached the top of the hill without any glitches. We are in awe at the way the fort was constructed on top of the hill. Myriad monkeys greeted us along the fort, each one indulged in different activities – picking lice from the other’s head, a mother feeding her infant, one licking away Matka Kulfi to glory 😀 Ma was busy reading the small boards with historical information written on them. She was asking Ummi to read, who was on the other hand pestering Bhaiyya to buy Cup Noodles for her. Mimmi saw another hill on the opposite side and she kept on telling Bhabi that she wanted to climb the hill. Bhabi explained to her that we are on top of a hill already. But all she wanted to do was climb the other hill. 😀 Mantam behaved decently as they noticed security guards shooing away kids who ran around.

We picked up two plates of Channa-sprouted moong chat. While getting out of the parking space, Tulu was kissed by another car and got a few love bites on his rear end. Fortunately the marks overrode already existing scratches. So the driver blessed his stars. Next destination was Jal Mahal. We parked Tulu and saw a row of camels. We jumped at the thought of Camel ride. Least excited, reluctant and tantrum throwing at the proposal of Camel ride among us were Bhaiyya, Ma and Tammu. We had to choose 4 camels. Mannu and I were the first to leave. Next camel sported Bhabi and Mimmi. Third was Abbas and Ma with a crying Tammu sandwiched in between. Last was Bhaiyya and Bhabi. It seems Ma was mumbling ‘O Maa go, O Baba Go’ during the ride. And all I could see was her sex*y legs as she had worn a saree and the saree went up as she was perched on the camel’s back with one on each side. Bhabi’s camel was the fastest. We were taken to the Jal Mahal and back within 5 minutes. There was a small palace amidst a huge lake where apparently the queen used to take bath. Funniest memory of Jal Mahal is when Bhaiyya asked Ummi ‘Where is the Jal Mahal?’ She said “Arre Baba. Eta Jal, Ota Mahal. So Jal Mahal” as she pointed towards the lake and the palace respectively.

To be continued…

Mimmi-Ummi in the park

Mannu Tammu - in the park

Puppet Show

At Hawa Mahal - Abbas giving weird poses cracked us all up.

Mantam dressed in traditional attire

City Palace

Amer Fort

Hill opposite Amer Fort which Mimmi wanted to climb

Could be the best ad for Matka Kulfi, eh?

Outside Amer Fort, they played melodious music using that instrument

Lice picking - anyone?

Damn! My camera has zoom limits. This was the closest it could get. Sigh 😦

Ma - at Jaleb Chowk, Amer Fort

4 sisters

At Amer Fort

The Camel that Mannu n I rode


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26 responses to “Cold Excursion – Part 4

  1. Scribby

    January 9, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    traditional attire one is the cutest 🙂 aww @ the twins 🙂 muwah


    • Seema

      January 9, 2012 at 2:09 pm

      Will pass on you Muwah to them 😀


  2. R's Mom

    January 9, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Wah! these girls look so pretty in the traditional attire…did you buy some of that for them..otherwise when I go to Ahm during navratri, I will pick them up and courier okie? lemme know 🙂

    so which one is you in that photo…the one who is whistling at Abbas bhai?

    continued part awaited 🙂


    • Seema

      January 9, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      No re, I didn’t buy any of those. They already have two sets each of Pattu Pavadais. Do lemme know when you go to Ahm 😀 Thanks for asking.

      Yes yes that’s me. The one in black top is Bhabi.


  3. Sugar and Spice

    January 9, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Awww.. Look at the ones in traditional wear! They look colourful and cute. Frame that pic, Seema!

    This post brought back lots of old memories when I visited Jaipur with Amma, Appa and bro as a young kid! Weren’t there decorated elephants at the fort? I remember seeing them.


    • Seema

      January 9, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      Yeah, that pic demands to be framed.

      Oh, you went to Jaipur with parents n bro is it? Even I remember seeing decorated elephants when I last visited with parents n siblings. But this time however we never spotted elephants at the fort.


  4. VJ

    January 9, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    The kids look so cute in that traditional attire !!!!
    Finally we get to see a pic of you !
    Loving your tour diary- awaiting more !


    • Seema

      January 9, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      Thanks VJ 😀

      I am enjoying writing the tour diary for two reasons. One is because I’m able to re-live those moments. Second is because of readers like you who seem to be enjoying them too. Thanks so much for letting me know.


  5. garima

    January 9, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Awww the kids look so cute..I had been to Mt.Abu as a kid.Even I got a rented dress and posed for photographs..they also had traditional steel matka (pot) to pose with,that was fun:-)

    Camel ride wow I am sure you all must have enjoyed a lot..And LoL on what ummi said about ‘Jal Mahal’:-)Kids must have gone crazy na at the puppet show….

    Waiting for your next post.So wanna read your exp.of holy places.


    • Seema

      January 9, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      Oh you posed with the matka, is it? Even these people had the matka. Ummi Mimmi posed with it.

      Yeah, puppet was enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

      Sure, will post it soon.


  6. Bikram

    January 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    he he heh I liked the reply .. Hawa mehal main HAWA dekho … he he he
    you know i have been to jaipur umpteen times , never seen hawa mahal from inside ..

    havenot had a camel rifde for more than a decade now, use to have camel to till land when we did not have a tractor 🙂

    kids are having funnnn and ooops yeah I am not going with you to the park too, I want those slidesssssssssssssssssss he he he he


    • Seema

      January 9, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      You used camel to till land? That’s trivia for me.

      Yeah, better not go to park with me. Actually I had a great fall from slide when I was a kid. Have been park-phobic ever since 😦


      • Bikram

        January 9, 2012 at 7:04 pm

        yes camel and ox in the good old days, the camel was usually used to go round and round near the well , to water the fields .. I am talking when I was a child..

        when electricity had not reached our village ..


        • Seema

          January 10, 2012 at 1:07 pm

          Ox – I have heard and seen during my childhood. But camels – I always thought they were only used in deserts. 😀


          • Bikram

            January 10, 2012 at 3:53 pm

            haanji our village is almost at the border of rajasthan 🙂


            • Seema

              January 11, 2012 at 12:18 pm

              Ohhh, I see 😀


  7. RS

    January 9, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    LOVELY pictures! Especially the traditional attire one. HUGGGIIIIEEE To them both.

    Actually Im surprised to read that Tammu was afraid! I thought Mannu was more shy and more scaredy-cat one!


    • Seema

      January 9, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      Will pass the HUGGGGGIIIEEEs to them.

      Yeah, Tammu’s rowdism works only with human beings. When it comes to animals, she is a Chicken. It’s exactly the other way round with Mannu 😛


  8. anisnest

    January 10, 2012 at 12:34 am

    AAwwww… the kids looks adorable in the traditional dress… the skirt flying while turning around is all we do when we were young and amma lets us wear that special silk skirt.. as the skirt flies around try to sit.. it will form a bubble kind of stuff around you.. bliss..

    lovely pictures and lovely trip…


    • Seema

      January 10, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      Yeah, you described the skirt flying in a beautiful way. That is what I meant.

      Thanks Ani 😀


  9. summerscript

    January 10, 2012 at 10:26 am

    🙂 loved all the pics
    Kids in traditional dress is just so cute re 🙂
    Also loved the “4 sisters” pic, each one giving different expression 🙂 so cute it is
    You know who is the cutest in all these pics – Abbas Bhai 😀


    • Seema

      January 10, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      Thanks SS.

      Will let Abbas know. He will be elated to know 😀


  10. Deepsi

    January 10, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Wooow the pic wit the traditional dress was the Best! You hv to frame it!! they look lovely!!
    Camel ride awesome,.. I hv had my share of exp in Goa when I was a small kid.. 🙂
    Rajasthan is such a lovely place to visit.. it is one among my list of “Places to see b4 I die”…


    • Seema

      January 10, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      Thanks Deepsi. Will frame it for sure.

      Camel ride in Goa, is it? Rajasthan is a lovely place re. Whenever you plan a trip, make sure you don’t miss Jaisalmer. We couldn’t cover it this time. Also, in November every year Camel Fair is observed in Pushkar. What other places make up your list?


  11. Deepsi

    January 11, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Oh thanks a lot for the sugesstion will probably ask u in more detail when I plan one!! Oh I have a huge list of places that I wud love to visit, Infact it can be a blog by itself.. Will plan and do it sometime!!


    • Seema

      January 11, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      Sure, happy to help anytime. Do blog about it 😀



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